The Salaryman's Wife

Mass Market Paperback | April 5, 2000

bySujata Massey

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Japanese-American Rei Shimura is a 27-year-old English teacher living in one of Tokyo's seediest neighborhoods. She doesn't make much money, but she wouldn't go back home to California even if she had a free ticket (which, thanks to her parents, she does.) Her independence is threatened however, when a getaway to an ancient castle town is marred by murder.

Rei is the first to find the beautiful wife of a high-powered businessman, dead in the snow. Taking charge, as usual, Rei searches for clues by crashing a funeral, posing as a bar-girl, and somehow ending up pursued by police and paparazzi alike. In the meantime, she manages to piece together a strange, ever-changing puzzle—one that is built on lies and held together by years of sex and deception.

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Rei Shimura is a 27-year-old English teacher living in one of Tokyo's seediest neighborhoods. She doesn't make much money, but she wouldn't go back home to California even if she had a free ticket. Her independence is shaken, however, when a getaway to an ancient castle town is marred by the murder of the beautiful wife of a high-power...

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Japanese-American Rei Shimura is a 27-year-old English teacher living in one of Tokyo's seediest neighborhoods. She doesn't make much money, but she wouldn't go back home to California even if she had a free ticket (which, thanks to her parents, she does.) Her independence is threatened however, when a getaway to an ancient castle town...

Sujata Massey was a reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun and spent several years in Japan teaching English and studying Japanese. She is the author of The Salaryman's Wife, Zen Attitude, The Flower Master, The Floating Girl, The Bride's Kimono, The Samurai's Daughter, The Pearl Diver, and The Typhoon Lover. She lives in Minneapolis.

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.5 × 4.2 × 1.13 inPublished:April 5, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061044431

ISBN - 13:9780061044434

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner This is the second time that I've read The Salaryman's Wife by Sujata Massey and I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time. Rei Shimura is a mixed Japanese-American living in Japan and teaching English. While on vacation she stumbles into a murder and is forced to become an amateur sleuth. The Salaryman's Wife manages to combine a plot twisting mystery with the sights and sounds of modern day Japan. Massey is able to capture what it's like to be an outsider in a society often shrouded in mystery and intrigue. The character of Rei is a fully developed character who is both engaging and spunky.
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Rei Shimura is a 27-year-old English teacher living in one of Tokyo's seediest neighborhoods. She doesn't make much money, but she wouldn't go back home to California even if she had a free ticket. Her independence is shaken, however, when a getaway to an ancient castle town is marred by the murder of the beautiful wife of a high-powered businessman. Rei suspects the police aren't looking in the right places, so she does. And she manages to piece together a strange, ever-changing puzzle--one that is built on lies and held together by years of sex and deception. Original.

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"Sujata Massey blasts her way into fiction with "The Salaryman's Wife, " a cross-cultural mystery of manners with a decidedly sexy edge."-- Janet Evanonich"A witty, perceptive take on how contemporary society clashed with traditional culture in modern Japan."-- Laura John Rowland"This book is a magic carpet to the Japanese Alps, and serves up murder as well. Great reading!"-- Barbara D'Amato"A terrific debut, crafted with surprising twists and turns, and steeped in the flavor of contemporary Japan."-- Jonnie Jacobs